Usually, people who don’t know how to read or write are called illiterates.
In religious basis, the people who are not having the tendency to think about the matters that’s going on with them, or to ask any questions about their relational/self-beliefs, or to dare to think rational about their religious/social practices are even considered as illiterate.
I have many such friends in my class, even who are good in their academic performance, but are stuck with the back-minded belief of their religious customs and practices (Here I am talking about Hindu friends as this post is based on Hinduism Believes). They don’t even know what’s the reason behind, and why do they follow certain words of their priests. (Many of them are actual hypocrite, and we would discuss the hypocritical priests in some another post).
So, this post can also open the mind of people who are not able to see the matter from the different side.
Before we discuss the rational facts, let’s know why was it important for the priests to make the facts below mandatory
Talking about those days (probably during the time when Upanishads and Vedas were being framed), hardly any people were persisting rational mind. People used to worships Gods, Kings, Priests, and the Religious books and believe the words of Brahmans and Kings blindly, as asking questions by common masses to them was considered as an insult to them, and as they were ruling the kingdom people feared them.
Most of the people with rational mind those days, were priests or Brahmans, and I appreciate their works and ability to frame religious scriptures, which were important those days (as a religious Law bind people from doing any crime and sin) and even many of them are logical and helpful today and will be in future, as a law depends upon nature, and nature depends on where you live.
Let me take for an instance that you are a common man of those days, and you were having a habit of eating non-veg every day, and in every meal (which were common those days). Most people those days used to die or suffer from the stomach problem. You even got an indication that you are suffering from abdominal pain, but you are addicted to non-veg. You went to a doctor (Vaidji) and he suggests you to leave eating non-veg on the regular basis, as it is not good for your stomach. But you would hardly be following his suggestions. Now, you thought of taking consultancy with the scholar Brahmans, and Brahmans orders you to immediately stop eating flesh of animals or any non-vegetarian meal, otherwise you would commit a sin, God would punish you for your deeds and the doors of heaven would never open for you; would you ever think of taking non-veg diet.
All most same thing would have happened at the time these facts were made mandatory. The Brahmans knew that the people needed something that is said by God (so, they made the religious texts in the name of words of Gods) to control the animals, human, crime and most importantly the environment.
Note: This post mainly covers the scientific reasons behind why food customs of Hindu Religion.
5 Hindu facts regarding food, yes they are healthy though
Ready to chew it up? Well, I had already served it. Beware of Religious criticism (read the disclaimer above). 😀
Religious Believes which have logical reason which can comply with present and future as well (regarding Food and Health):
This is the first post in this section, there are many more customs that have scientific reason (I persist that almosts all customs had the scientific reason behind), but important facts first:
Now, let’s have a quick look at the religious beliefs, which has a rational prospect as well. The list follows below:
#1 Why is it considered a crime to eat non-veg on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday?
Love chewing chicken’s legs? Be aware of it.
Well it wasn’t/isn’t considered a crime, but a sin according to the Early Brahmans. We had already discussed this as an example in the Introductory section above, check “the reason why was it importance for Brahmans to make the customs mandatory”, and you would get the answer to this question, though.
You may also know why you may eat non-veg.
If you don’t eat chickens and eggs, then their population would increase in the significant amount in the city/village, just like if Lion and other predators do not eat deer and primary consumers, then the population of primary consumers would rise and they would eat up the whole forest.
So, you got the reason right? But that doesn’t mean that you are going to become a theft to goats and cocks.
#2 Why is it said to prohibit eating non-veg on Saavan (the rainy) season?
Well, I am not against eating Non-veg, but better know the reasons why.
Now, most of the orthodox would say that it is important because, there are lots of religious festivals, prayers, and rituals done in the season, and God doesn’t like to see their own creations being killed at this time. But looking at a scientific way is that, in this season, the water in the ponds, wells, rivers and lakes becomes dirty and bacteria spread rapidly. So, eating fishes is inviting our own bad health. Also at this time, many types of insects are born (as you can notice some dirty flies around the lights during night this seasons), they became the common diet of hens and cocks, which all transfer these germs to the eggs, and this can be the source of many diseases like Salmonella, etc which can be dangerous.
#3 Why Indian dishes have too many spices/ or dishes starts with spice and ends with sweet?
Love Kaju-barfi? Me too. But had you really had that dessert after your lunch? If not, give that a try.
Many non-Indian have complaints regarding the reason why do Indian dishes have too much of spices in it, or why does Indian start their dishes with spices and ends with desserts like Rasogullah. Let me tell you that not all Indian desert have spices in it like Idli, uppuma, and mostly other south Indian dishes. Coming back to the scientific point, spices activates the digestive glands and secretions letting them know that some morsels are going to enter the stomach whereas sweats deactivate them. That’s a biological fact; you know the third daughter of science?
#4 Why most Hindus prefers eating while sitting on the floor?
You might say their backwards and poor peoples, and can’t afford a dining table. But don’t you dare because many royal people still follow the same beliefs. Even I seldom prefers sitting on the floor while eating. And the scientific reasons is very reasonable and good for health.
Sitting simply while crossing the legs (the way we eat) are also known as sukhasana is a sitting posture in Yoga. In sukhasana or a half padmasana (half lotus), which are poses that instantly bring a sense of calm and help in digestion, it is believed to automatically trigger the signals to your brain to prepare the stomach for digestion. Yes, it really does help to digest the food easily and quickly.
And that’s even a reason why old people sit in Sukhasana after having their meals for 5 minutes.
#5 Why do Indian keep numerous fast?
I am not saying that the rituals of keeping fasts only prevails in Hindu religions, as Muslims also do during Ramzan. As Hindus are seen keeping fast more often taking the unaware excuses of religious/festive or self-willingness (mann ki kammna or mannat) and also this posts in especially regarding the Hindu rituals and customs.
You know about Ayurveda? This Early Vedic medicine system in India, i.e. Ayurveda believes that basic cause of many diseases as the accumulation of poisonous/non-easily digestible substances. Taking fast a day in a week or once in 15 days in beneficial, and intake of water/lemon water maintain the level of water and energy in the body. Now you give this fast whatever name you like and say that you had devoted it to God, like Somvari Vrat or anything like that according to your cultural beliefs.
“Since the human body is composed of 80% liquid and 20% solid, like the earth, the gravitational force of the moon affects the fluid contents of the body. It causes emotional imbalances in the body, making some people tense, irritable and violent. Fasting acts as antidote, for it lowers the acid content in the body which helps people to retain their sanity.” – Ayurveda
According to some research Fast helps in reducing the risks of some diseases insignificant percentage, which includes diabetes, cancer, immunity problems and other intestinal diseases.
Now you know that keeping Karva Chauth, fast kept during Navratri, Chhath, etc in the name of God is also beneficial for our digestive system. But that doesn’t mean you would keep fast if you are having some disease and the doctor prohibits to. Mind that, Fast is beneficial for your digestive system as long as soul endure.
A Food-ish post right?
Now you know some of the custom beliefs, which has a positive scientific reason behind; regarding Food.